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Monday, May 09, 2011

Can Anglicans be Catholic?

For those pondering this question you might like to watch these lectures by former Anglican and now Catholic Priest Rev. Dr. John Fleming who tackles the relationship between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church. Starting with the harmonising ecclesiology as typically held by communion-minded Anglicans, Fr. Fleming outlines the influence of Venerable John Henry (Cardinal) Newman, the Oxford Movement, and his own spiritual and intellectual development.

I got this from the website of the Church of St. Mary and The Angels, Hollywood's Historic "Little Church Around The Corner", which has recently voted to join the American Ordinariate when it is set up.


There are many interesting things going on in the U.S. regarding the Episcopal Church. Some people -- priests included -- are switching over to the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity because they are so dissatisfied with the more liberal dominance of the mainstream Episcopal Church. We've had women priests for some decades now. Our Presiding Bishop is Katherine Jefferts Schori. She is our first woman to hold that post. I've met her. She's very intelligent -- and comes from a scientist background. Before she became an Episcopal priest she was a marine biologist. That impresses quite a few people that I know. I will admit to being different myself regarding science and technology since I made career in information technology after beginning adult life by getting a physics degree.

There are quite a few Roman Catholics in the United States who have joined the Episcopal Church, seeking a branch of Christianity where they are more respected as people. I've also read that the Episcopal priests who have joined the Roman Catholic tradition are especially liked by Roman Catholics because they are typically married. That gives them more insight into the minds of ordinary Catholics than the unmarried Roman Catholic priests.

Where all this will wind up is a good question. Personally I get along with most people of most religious backgrounds. I wouldn't be surprised if, some decades (centuries?) down the road the various Christian denominations rejoined each other. The Roman Catholic Church, though, would have to accept a good bit of Protestant Reformation culture. That's probably the biggest stumbling block.

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